Red Bull-backed Niko Kari has been given a 10-second time penalty after a collision with junior team colleague Dan Ticktum at the Jerez GP3 sprint race.
Ticktum tried to get past Kari looking for his first podium in the series in his debut sprint race, but his day ended in the gravel as the only retirement around Turn 4 when Kari’s front right tyre made contact with his rival’s left rear.
The Finn completed the race in third place, just 1.5s adrift of winner Alessio Lorandi, as a safety car period was provoked because of this and only one racing lap happened after this.
Stewards believed that he re-entered the track in an unsafe manner and caused the crash.
As a result, he drops to 19th and last in the classification as the whole field was separated by just 8.7s.
Anthoine Hubert is promoted to third for his fourth podium of the season to lead an ART 3-4-5-6 above champion George Russell, Honda junior Nirei Fukuzumi, and Renault academy racer Jack Aitken.
Russell’s lead remains at 50 points in the standings despite this reshuffle. Giuliano Alesi moves up to seventh, while Sauber development driver Tatiana Calderon gets the final points position for her second score of 2017.
Julien Falchero and Steijn Schothorst now complete the top 10, with Haas-backed Arjun Maini 12th.